This is a category that is almost certainly going to be won by a player from one of the dominant teams in the league.
When your team is winning consistently and doing it by significant margins, you are going to have a good chance of being on the ice for a lot more goals than your team gives up. If your team scores the majority of its goals in non-power play situations, your plus/minus numbers are going to be stellar.
As of the games completed through Feb. 18, defenseman Francois Beauchemin of the Anaheim Ducks is leading the league with a plus-14, and teammate Sheldon Souray is right behind at plus-13. Shockingly, defenseman Mark Fraser of the surprising Toronto Maple Leafs is also a plus-13.
The Ducks and Leafs have both gotten off to amazing starts, but no team has gotten off like the Chicago Blackhawks, who take a 12-0-3 record into their Feb. 19 game against the Vancouver Canucks.
The Blackhawks seem to be a more dangerous and consistent team than the Ducks or the Leafs, and the belief here is that Jonathan Toews is likely to lead the league in plus/minus by the end of the season.
Toews is plus-10 and is one of the most consistent players in the league. He is very serious about his defensive play and his ability to win faceoffs often gives the offensive-minded Hawks possession of the puck with a chance to make a scoring play.
Look for Toews to record the league's best plus/minus figure in the league this year.